The automatic feeding market is segmented on the basis of feeding line, individual feeding equipment, livestock, feed, and region. The automatic feeding market, by feeding line, is segmented into controllers, mixers, conveyors, and distributors. On the basis of individual feeding equipment, the market is segmented into equine feeders, cow feeders, and waterers. The market, by livestock, is also segmented into poultry, swine, fish, ruminants, and equine. The market, by feed, is segmented into total mix ration (TMR), starter feed, and water. On the basis of region, it is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World (RoW).
The primary factor that drives the automatic feeding market is the growth in demand for meat and dairy food products. The increase in consumption led to farmers inclining towards automatic feeding as it reduces labor cost and increases the productivity of livestock. Automatic feeding offers advantages over manual feeding by delivering feed at regular intervals, with proper measurement and mixing of feed.
On the basis of feeding line, the distributors segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2017 to 2022. Distributors are used to deliver feed to animals on time. Rail-guided feed wagons and self-propelled feeders are used for the distribution of feed. The main functions of the distributors are to cut roughage or a mixed ration using a route feeding and accurate, minute-by-minute feeding, and with the correct feed weight for each group of animals while distributing feed.
On the basis of livestock, the ruminants segment dominated the automatic feeding market in 2016. Feeding ruminants on time is required in order to enhance digestion and production efficiency. Automatic feeding helps farmers to provide feed according to the requirements of the ruminants and helps to maintain a large herd. Appropriate animal feeding systems help prevent microbial-related diseases in animals and improve feed efficiency and animal growth, estrus suppression, control of bloat, and coccidiosis.
The global automatic feeding market, by individual feeding equipment, was dominated by the equine feeders segment in 2016 and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
Farmers in developed countries are inclined toward individual automatic feeding equipment as it helps farmers to feed horses and stags efficiently and improve the health of equine. Equine feeders are of different types, some of which include hay feeders, feed bins, bucket, and automatic equine waterers, which are used on a daily basis to provide feed and water.
On the basis of feed, the total mix ration (TMR) segment dominated the automatic feeding market in 2016. The total mix ration (TMR) helps to provide nutritionally balanced ration at all times to the animals. TMR feed mixers can be effortlessly programmed from a computer to decide the quantities of feed and mixing ratios, which is received by different groups of animals at a specific time.
The automatic feeding market was dominated by the European region in 2016, whereas the North American region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Europe has shifted its focus from manual feeding to automatic feeding due to the growing demand for meat products in the region. Countries in Eastern Europe are expected to witness significant growth in the automatic feeding market, which positively impacts the dairy and meat sector and boosts the market growth. The key market players in the European automatic feeding market include GEA (Germany) and Kuhn (France).
Automatic Feeding Market by Feeding Line (Controllers, Mixers, Distributors, Conveyors), Individual Feeding Equipment (Equine Feeders, Cow Feeders, Waterers), Livestock (Poultry, Swine, Fish, Ruminants, Equine), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022
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